The question we keep running into is, "What is our style?"
I'm less worried about the rooms all fitting into an overarching theme, but M considers it an imperative. (Yes, boyfriend is now M since Mom objects to boyfriend, though he still prefers to be a quiet star on the blog.)
So while I love white shelving and paneling in the mudroom with a deep red or blue wall paint, he worries that it's more nautical, Virginia or Nantucket style. There's truth to that, but I am a Virginian after all.
Mostly we're going for a rustic modern style since it suits both of us, but I like lots of different things, it's so hard for me to chose and stick to a style. M asks lots of questions to try to figure out my style, but the trouble is, I'm still figuring it out myself.
We flip through magazines, watch home shows, I scour home/DIY blogs and Pinterest for ideas and sometimes we thing, let's totally start over and make something new. Then we remember that we're not millionaires and we have a lot of useable elements already in the house.
Just the other day, M looked around the living room and said "This house as so much potential."
We're been reigning in our finances since we bought a house and all, and I've been on a "we don't need that, let's not spend money" kick lately. Of course, I still buy coffee and wine and those home magazines from time to time, so I'm guilty of unnecessary funding, but if we can turn something old into something new, we're going for that.
There's a lot going on lately at the Homestead, on the blog, at work, and now skating is added in the mix. I am still the queen of taking on lots and lots and then feeling overwhelmed. One of my goals remains being more selective in what I take on and paring down my list to do more things well versus all the things so-so.
And when that overwhelming feeling starts to take hold, I try to focus on standing still for just a moment, taking in my surroundings and resources and following the wise words of a tennis legend (did I mention that I'm determined to break out my tennis racket next spring/summer?).
How do you keep that overwhelming feeling at bay? Any special tricks to tackle all the things, or pare down that monster to-do list?